Guest Author - Kristina de la Cal
Yahoo Personals is one of the better known, online dating services that is available for singles today. Sign up is totally free but requires a yahoo email address and password.
Once you’ve logged in, you will be invited to either search for potential matches or create a free profile. In order to achieve optimal use of the site, you will need to first create a profile. Failure to do so will produce only partial picture profiles and limited access to the free features offered on the site. Since your profile will represent what you are all about, putting a lot of thought and effort into it will undoubtedly optimize your chances of success. When you create your profile, you will be given a choice of whether or not you want other members to see that you viewed their profiles. This feature is a subtle way to let someone know that you might be interested.
If you are new to online dating or would benefit from a refresher course, Yahoo Personals does offer free access to a plethora of self-help articles from a wide range of experts. Learn the best ways to develop a winning profile and discover strategies to help you become a Yahoo Personals success story. For those who need inspiration, there is also an option to read the success stories of previous members who found what they were looking for on the site. One of the most useful aspects of Yahoo Personals in my opinion is the availability of such a diverse assortment of advice articles that are provided to users free of charge. Dating tips and quizzes are also available at no additional cost.
Once you have acquainted yourself with the site and posted a profile, you may then begin to search for your ideal matches. In order to generate results, you will be asked to specify what it is that you are looking for in terms of gender, age, and distance. Those who want to get really picky can choose to enhance their search results by adding more detailed criteria. You can look for a potential partner based on anything from eye color and body type to religious views and even TV watching habits. There is also an option to save your search for future reference and use.
If the search yields a match that captures your interest, you can use another of Yahoo’s free features called an icebreaker. In order to send an icebreaker, you simply select your favorite from a list of possible messages that indicate an interest on your part.
That is about as far as you can go with Yahoo’s free services. Email exchanges with other Yahoo members require that you upgrade to premium paid services.
The prices for paid memberships seem to match current industry standards. Some people may qualify for a free 7-day trial membership or for the Yahoo Personals 6-month promise, details of which are available on the site.
Whether you decide to upgrade to premium services or not, I find that Yahoo Personals is one of the better choices when it comes to online dating. Its popularity translates into increased membership and of course, more fish in the online sea means more chances that you will score a decent catch. Even if you don’t find what you are looking for, Yahoo Personals still has a lot to offer in terms of information and inspiration. I would definitely recommend this site to anyone who would like to explore the world of online dating.